‘Spotlight on Skills’ competition at JVS

GETTING READY FOR COMPETITION — Electrical trades students practice for the Spotlight on Skills contest set for Thursday at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School. Preparing for the event are, from left, Coletin Devore, Logan Morrison, Joe Shook, instructor Buddy Davis and Blaine Williams, who are working with a circuit test board in their lab. -- Contributed

BLOOMINGDALE — Jefferson County Joint Vocational School students will participate in the Spotlight on Skills competition Thursday.

Students will compete in academics and lab programs throughout the day hoping to earn a spot in the regional competitions. The events will be judged by members of the local business community.

Approximately 80 percent of the students are a part of SkillsUSA, which is a career and technical student organization serving more than 395,000 high school, college and middle school students and professional members who are enrolled in training programs in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.”

Other students are members of the Health Occupations Students of America, Future Career and Community Leaders of America, Business Professionals of America and the Future Farmers of America.

The event has varied competitions. The technical trade skills portion centers on more hands-on knowledge while the leadership segment views softer skills from CPR and first aid to job interviews.

Gold, silver and bronze awards will be awarded to the top finishers on Friday. The top placers will have the chance to advance to regional competitions, which will be held in February and March.

Those who excel at the regionals will have a chance to compete at the state events and potentially on the national level.

“It’s not only SkillsUSA, FFA or BPA. Every student in the school will participate,” said Tammy Sismondo, SkillsUSA cocoordinator and HOSA adviser.

Sismondo said first-place juniors and seniors in the organization will go to Canton South High School on Feb. 2 to take part in such events as nurse assisting, home health aide and basic health care.

They will also compete in occupational health and safety; and a health knowledge bowl.

The SkillsUSA students will head to their regional competition on Feb. 23 at the Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia and FCCLA and FFA students will advance to competitions in March.

The multimedia and design students will head to the BPA contest prior to the school event on Wednesday.

This week’s competitions will be held during school hours and will not be open to the public.